Pregnancy "Officially" 10 Months

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Pregnancy "Officially" 10 Months
Mon, 10-28-2013 - 8:29pm

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have changed what is considered "full term."  It used to be 37 weeks, but now they're saying 40 weeks is full term.

Do you think this new definition will help reduce the number of inductions performed before a baby is full term?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 1:13am

I always thought it was 40 weeks. Back when I had my kids (in the 1980s) my doctors said it was 40 wks. I worked in an Ob-Gyn office at that time and we defined it as 40 weeks, and the due date calculator wheel used 40 wks. Did they decide to erase a few weeks sometime in the past 20 years? Everything old is new again.